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Monday, February 25, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, February 25, 2008

In this message:

- Commencement is Coming!
- Graduating Seniors
- ¡Habla español!
- WANTED: Items for Lounge in Farwell Hall
- Upcoming ESF Events -- February 26th!
12:30 PM
- Current UU Thursday worship schedule
- Important UUCANS Meeting Rescheduled
- Message from the writing tutor
- Prayers for Kurt Walker
- ANTS-HC Worship Exchange Week This Week
- One Day Training for Ministers
- Prison Ministry

Commencement is Coming!
The 2008 Andover Newton Commencement celebration will be held on
Saturday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon. A reception will follow
under a tent on the quad. The 2008 Baccalaureate service will be
Friday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilson Chapel, and a dessert reception
will follow it.

If you are a returning student and would like to help us with
Commencement or Baccalaureate by volunteering please let me know. If
you are graduating, we look forward to welcoming you and your family and
friends to the celebration. More information will be forthcoming so
please check your Andover Newton email account regularly. If you have
questions at this point please don't hesitate to contact me.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Graduating Seniors
Dear 2008 graduates

This email comes to you on behalf of the your fellow seniors on the
commencement planning team - Cindy Antonuk, Janet Bush, Donna Colletti
Lowre, Nel Fields and Debbie Thornton.

Commencement will take place in the afternoon of Saturday, May 17.
There are several events associated with commencement besides the
diploma-awarding ceremony itself, including a baccalaureate worship
celebration followed by a reception on Friday evening.

Traditionally, graduating seniors contribute to planning the
baccalaureate service through suggesting themes, scripture or other
readings, and the faculty speaker.

We are asking you now for suggestions, and nominations for a faculty
speaker. Once we've received your input, we will suggest readings and a
theme to the Baccalaureate committee, which is headed by Greg Mobley.
In addition, if there is no clear consensus on a recommended faculty
speaker, we will get back to you and ask for an informal vote.

Please respond asap to Janet Bush at We need your
input by February 28 at the latest!

Again - we'd like your suggestions for baccalaureate:

Faculty Speaker - Who would you like to hear from?
Scripture/Reading -What text would you suggest?
Theme - What should the theme or topic be?


Cindy, Janet, Donna, Nel and Debbie

¡Habla español!
Having a tough time to find someone to speak Spanish? ¡No te

We will be meeting Tuesday 2/26/08 in the cafeteria during lunch --
most likely starting about 12pm. Normally we will have the Small Dining
Room, however it is not available this week. We are making this a
regular event, and for the 26th we may even bring some readings or what
not to share. So if you are feeling the need to come and practice your
Spanish, or even just want to listen to some Spanish, be sure to come.
For more information, contact Jason Boyd ( Please come,
and just look for us in a corner of the cafeteria! ¡Nos vemos!

WANTED: Items for Lounge in Farwell Hall
We're looking for items to outfit a new student lounge in Farwell Hall.
The administration has given us two rooms to use as a community
gathering place; we just need to furnish them ourselves. Anything you
think would be useful is wanted! Couches, chairs, a TV, a foosball
table... if you've got anything you'd like to donate, let us know!

Additionally, any donations made to this project are tax deductible!
Let us know if you need more information!


Evn Tomeny
Help Desk Manager &
Application Support Specialist
Andover Newton Theological School
(617)964-1100 x314

Upcoming ESF Events -- February 26th!
The Episcopal Student Fellowship will gather for lunch and conversation
in the small dining room on Tuesday, February 26th at 12pm. All are

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated in the Episcopal tradition on
Tuesday, February 26th at 1pm in Wilson Chapel. The Reverend Dr.
William C. Bergmann, Chair of the Board of Examining Chaplains for the
Diocese of Western Massachusetts, will officiate. All are welcome.

12:30 PM
On March 13, Dr. William F. Schulz, a past president of the Unitarian
Universalist Association and former executive director of Amnesty
International USA will be the featured speaker during the 12:30pm
worship service in Wilson Chapel. The title of his presentation is
"Bread Of Course, But Why Roses?" The Unitarian Universalist
Community of Andover Newton Students and the Black Student Fellowship
are hosting this chapel event to which the public is invited. Following
the service Dr. Schulz, along with exhibiting artists, will participate
in a feedback session with the audience to talk about the complexities
of war and the challenges of peacemaking in today's world.

Current UU Thursday worship schedule
Dear friends and colleagues,

The ANTS UU worship services are held each Thursday at 1:00pm in
Wilson Chapel. Everyone is welcome. Come and join with your friends
for a peaceful hour, to feed your spirit and refresh your mind! This
week's worship service will be led by the Rev. Aaron Payson, an ANTS
graduate, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester.
"Riding The Razors Edge" is a reflection inspired by the a collection
of essays published in "The Heart Is A Little To The Left"
(Dartmouth, 1991) by William Sloan Coffin.

February 21 : Rev Aaron Payson
February 28 : Duffy Peet / Tim House co-leading
March 6 : (open)
March 13 : BSF / UUCANS (William Schultz preaching)
April 3 : Mark Richards
April 10 : BSF
April 17 : Tim House
April 24 : Leslie Becknell-Marx
May 1 : April Spencer
May 8 : BSF

From the worship coordinators,
Bruce Taylor (
Cathy French (

Important UUCANS Meeting Rescheduled
Tuesday February 26th 12:00-1:30 PM
Lunch Meeting in Upper Noyes
Discussion of Bi-Law Revisions and Planning Semester Events
Please join us. UUCANS Leadership team.

Message from the writing tutor
Just a reminder: I'm happy to work with you on anything you might be

I'm on campus (Worcester 302) most Tuesdays 10 to 3, and occasional
Thursdays 12 to 3 (hours are flexible). I will also be here Wednesday
Feb. 27 and Monday March 3.

Drop in if you like, but it's much better to email me for an
appointment. And yes, we can work by phone and email, once we've met
in person.

I look forward to working with you!

Helen Snively
ANTS Writing Tutor
617-964-1100 x 282

Prayers for Kurt Walker
Please keep Kurt Walker in your prayers. He has been hospitalized
again for recurring problems with his kidneys. He is at Newton-Wellesley
Hospital, room 408.

ANTS-HC Worship Exchange Week This Week
Hello ANTS colleagues,

Journeys on the Hill (JOTH) is sponsoring a "worship exchange week" in
students from ANTS and HC are invited to visit each other's worship
services. Below is a cordial invitation from our friends at Hebrew
to visit their prayer service on Thursday morning at 7:40am. Please
Lisa if you are interested, just so they can have a sense of numbers.

HC students are also being invited to visit our chapel services on
and Thursday. If you would like to be a 'Worship Buddy', to welcome HC
students 5 mins before chapel begins, sit with them and help them
our liturgy and hymnals, answer any questions after the service, please
me know by Tuesday. This can be such a rich learning opportunity, to
see our
own worship through the eyes of a visitor. Email me at to sign up.

Blessings, MaryHelen Gunn
for J.O.T.H.

Dear ANTS students

JOTH (Journeys on the Hill) is holding a Worship Exchange this week to
create an opportunity for Hebrew College rabbinical students and ANTS
students to experience each other's worship, broaden our appreciation
each other's traditions and feel more comfortable attending each
services should we choose to do so at any point in the future.

You are warmly invited to attend our tefillah (prayer service) this
morning (Feb 28). The service is held in the Hebrew College Beit
(take the elevator up to the 3rd floor and turn right). Please arrive
at 7
40 am. There will be a number of 'Prayer Buddies' waiting to welcome
sit with you and do a minimum amount of explanation.

What to Expect: This will be a regular Hebrew College rabbinical
prayer service, led by two students. (Is is not intended to be a
teaching service for visitors.) It will be mostly in Hebrew, with
perhaps a
little English.There will be a Torah service, with students reading
from the
Torah scroll. You may wish to wear a head covering - this is the custom
men, and optional for women.This would be respectful, though not
as you are visitors.

It would be helpful if you could RSVP to me so we have an idea of
numbers at

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning.

Lisa Barrett

Journeys on the Hill, Interfaith Student Group ANTS & Hebrew College,
invite you to Screening of CONSTANTINE'S SWORD,a documentary film
exploring intolerance and violence in religion.

Wednesday March 5
6:15pm bus to Boston University Morse Auditorium
(leaves from Hebrew College parking lot)
7:00 pm film + Q&A by James Carroll, author of book inspiring the film
Return bus followed by dialogue with ANTS and HC students

If you would like to join us PLEASE RSVP so we know how big a bus to
get -

Synopsis of film:

Constantine's Sword is the story of James Carroll; a former Catholic
on a journey to confront his past and uncover the roots of religiously
inspired violence and war. His search also reveals a growing scandal
involving religious infiltration of the U.S. military and the terrible
consequences of religion's influence on America's foreign policy.

Carroll focuses on Christian antisemitism as the model for all
hatred, exposing the cross as a symbol of a long history of violence
Jews (and, most recently, Moslems). The film brings the history of
intolerance to life, tracing it as a source of the fanaticism that
the world today. At its core, Constantine's Sword is a compelling
narrative - a kind of detective story - as one man uncovers the dark
of his own past, searching for a better future.

One Day Training for Ministers
Pre-Marital/Marital Counseling Program
Saturday, March 8, 2008, 8:30AM - 4:30 PM
Tuition: $175 includes all materials.

Professional seminar director Rev. Robin Zucker teaches students,
clergy and counselors to use a series of respected, religion-neutral
counseling programs with pre-marital and marital couples. This seminar

will expand ministerial competencies, and enrich your counseling and
ministry practice for years to come. BYO Lunch; light breakfast
provided. Information and registration links at:

Contact the Rev, Zucker at, 978-369-0260

Prison Ministry
Are you interested in finding more about prison ministry and outreach?

ANTS and our Prison Ministry Fellowship is hosting to events with
Partakers Prison Ministry.

Tues. Feb. 26th 3:30-6 p.m. in the Peck Room. Join us beside the fire
for some great conversation about how the Holy Spirit is moving in the
prisons. Laura Tuach of Partakers, Harold Adams of Committee on
Friends and Families of Prisoners, and a Mothers on the Move
representative will be speaking. Please come for as long as you want or
are able!

Fri. Feb. 29th 1-4 p.m. Lower sanctuary of Wilson Chapel. Leap in
Leap Day with a bound into prison visitation. We have a team already
assembled for visiting an inmate, starting next month. We can use more
visitors, letter writing, and prayer partners. Questions: contact
Bill Gural,, 781-698-6753